InSync Training

The Secret to Adding Context to Training Content

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 29, 2017 2:35:45 PM

BYTE Session Recap

30911753_s.jpgAs we all know, blended learning is all the rage these days! We know that selecting authentic design treatments for each defined learning objective creates the most impactful training experience. While strong instructional design makes a difference for our modern learners, there’s one additional element we can integrate into our programs that further increases the likelihood of learner success: stories!

Speakers Karin Rex and Tom Campbell recently shared their storytelling expertise with BYTE learners. Watch the full program replay for examples of powerful instructional stories in action.

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Topics: BYTE, Storytelling, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Stories = Engagement = Learning

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 15, 2017 2:14:26 PM

59989140_s.jpgStorytelling has a long history as one of most fundamental communication methods. From paintings on cave walls to Egyptian hieroglyphs, to the first words ever written on papyrus with ink, people have been telling and listening to stories.

We love to HEAR stories, too! As children, we all begged our parents for “one more story!” And many of us remember the morals of those stories even now as adults.

We all enjoy a good story and revere a good storyteller. Whether it’s an engrossing novel, an exciting movie, or a facilitator telling us about the horrible-no-good-rotten-awful experience they endured the very first time they tried to facilitate training in the virtual classroom.

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Topics: BYTE, Storytelling

Adapting Tuckman’s Model for Global Virtual Teams

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 1, 2017 1:30:46 PM

BYTE Session Recap

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Offices and teams come in all shapes and sizes these days. Members of the same team may live on different continents. How do managers and leaders evolve their existing skills to support this modern way of working? One proven possibility: adapt an existing model based on our understanding of successful remote teams. 

Amy Lins and Munira Bangee recently shared their expert insight with BYTE learners recently during their informative session, Global Teams and Virtual Learning.

Listen to the BYTE replay for remote manager and employee best practices, top tips for teams, and an overview of Harvard Business Review’s, “Global Teams That Work” SPLIT model.

Let’s explore how you can adapt Tuckman’s famous model to create a more highly functioning global virtual team.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, BYTE

3 Types of Immersive Technology for Training

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 6, 2017 1:15:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

39263030_s.jpgThe future has arrived! Organizations have the ability to leverage virtual and augmented reality in many facets of their business, including training. How does it work? Recent guest BYTE speaker Bobby Carlton explored the possibilities of immersive technologies as engagement generating tools.

This blog recaps the three major categories of immersive technology and highlights ways to use them in your learning programs. To review all of the helpful information Bobby shared, including examples of each type of EdTech and advantages of immersive technology, watch the full webinar replay by clicking here.

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Topics: BYTE, Immersive Technology

Learning Campaigns: An Introduction and Exploration

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 28, 2017 12:11:32 PM

29042117_s.jpgBlended learning provides a thoughtful solution to outdated, formal training. With blended learning, we can support learners when and where they need information – even when they’re between live learning events. In spite of its popularity though, blended learning isn’t descriptive enough to help us move towards more purposeful instructional design.

Jennifer Hofmann’s BYTE session, The Right Stuff: Are You Designing Courses or Learning Experiences? explored our new design direction: learning campaigns.

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Topics: BYTE, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Campaigns

What Is Tech?  Past, Present and Future?  And How Will It Matter In the Workforce?

Posted by Bobby Carlton on Jun 6, 2017 1:01:00 PM
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The future has arrived! Instructional designers and facilitators now have access to Jetsons-like immersive techology as part of their training toolkits. How do we engage learners with these new tools? This blog post provides a helpful introduction to EdTech. For more expert guidance, attend Bobby Carlton's upcoming guest BYTE session to learn more about "Engagement through Immersive Technology." 

Humans, and even animals for that matter, have been using the concept of technology to resolve issues from the very beginning of time.  We are presented with a problem, we hypothesize/explore/test/attempt/fail/repeat - until we come up with an idea for a solution, and then we assess the data from our trial and error process to improve that solution. Over time we then continue to build on the successes and failures of the process, to continually improve the solution. 

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Topics: BYTE, Immersive Technology

3 Guiding Principles for Grabbing Learner Attention

Posted by Katelind Hays on May 9, 2017 1:30:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

19109725_s.jpgHow do you capture your audience’s attention when so many factors provide distractions?

Recently, guest BYTE speaker Mark Harter answered this question and provided pro-tips accumulated from years of practical experience.

Read on for three guiding principles you can use when working on new instructional designs and promoting training events.

Watch the entire webinar replay of, Grabbing Learner Attention, for a step-by-step process for creating a professional video studio on a budget, and tricks for making learning fun.

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Learning, BYTE

8 Guidelines for Designing Microlearning Resources

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 13, 2017 12:29:35 PM

55243589_s.jpgWhat’s the deal with microlearning? Neuroscientists boast about the importance and value of this bite-sized approach. More and more instructional designers purposefully break larger programs into smaller, more concise events and resources.

Today, we’ll cover the basics of microlearning and an instructional design approach for creating these content pieces – both highlights from Carla Torgerson’s excellent recent InSync BYTE session, Embracing Microlearning in Your Learning Ecosystem.

Watch the entire BYTE replay here for Carla’s expert advice for creating microlearning programs and common use cases to clarify when and how to use these resources.

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Topics: BYTE, Microlearning, Instructional Design

A Lesson in Learning Design from A Vegas Snapchat Story

Posted by Mark Harter on Apr 11, 2017 2:06:04 PM

28421450_s.jpgI recently spent two days in Las Vegas.  It was a fun trip with my wife. We flew in on a Friday and were home by Monday morning.  The story in between is for another time, but I learned something very interesting in my two days there.

I used Snapchat to capture all the memories of our trip.  I grabbed shots of us at dinner. I took a video of us dancing.  And, of course the countless selfies proclaiming, “I’m in Vegas, and you are not!” Upon sharing with friends and family, I was intrigued by their reactions to my Vegas Snapchat “story.”  They were so engaged! With just a few taps of my finger I put together a short story that was interesting, inviting, alluring, creative, beautiful, educational (ok, maybe not in Vegas)…you name it. 

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Topics: Modern Learning, BYTE, Instructional Design

What's the Key to Joyful Learning? Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Katelind Hays on Mar 30, 2017 12:36:28 PM

BYTE Session Recap 

58228241_s.jpgWe live in a VUCA world. We manage a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous environment every day at work. How do we motivate ourselves (and our learners) to build our skills when we feel stressed about the certainty of our jobs, teams, and organizations?

Marjorie Derven of HUDSON Research & Consulting argues emotional intelligence holds the key.

BYTE session attendees agreed, having seen the evidence during Marjorie’s recent live learning event. This blog defines emotional intelligence and how we can leverage it for improved learning.

Watch Marjorie’s entire BYTE session recording for guidance on identifying personal stress triggers, the impact of emotions on us professionally, and a five-step process to navigate change.

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Topics: BYTE, Emotional Intelligence